Famous Australian Explorers

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Robyn Davidson
(Explorer, Writer)

Robyn Davidson
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Birthdate: September 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Miles

Robyn Davidson is an Australian writer best known for her book Tracks, in which she wrote about her 2,700 km (1,700 miles) trek across the deserts of Western Australia using camels. As a teenager, she lived a bohemian life and has since traveled across the world. Her book Tracks won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award in 1980. 

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Douglas Mawson
(Explorer, Geologist)

Douglas Mawson
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Birthdate: May 5, 1882
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Shipley
Died: October 14, 1958

Douglas Mawson was an Australian Antarctic explorer, geologist, and academic. Counted among the most important leaders of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, Mawson was honored with a knighthood in 1914. Best remembered for his contribution to Australian geology, Mawson was featured on the Australian one-hundred-dollar note from 1984 to 1996.

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John Batman
(Explorer, Farmer)

John Batman
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Birthdate: January 21, 1801
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Parramatta
Died: May 6, 1839
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 4 
Frank Hurley
(Explorer, Photographer, War photographer, Photojournalist)

Frank Hurley
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Birthdate: October 15, 1885
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glebe
Died: February 16, 1962

Australian photographer Frank Hurley is best remembered for recording the Antarctic expedition of Sir Ernest Shackleton, known as Endurance. He also risked his life clicking pictures in both the World Wars. After running away from home at 13, he studied engineering but found his calling in photography.

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Thomas Mitchell
(Explorer)

Thomas Mitchell
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Birthdate: June 15, 1792
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Craigend, Glasgow, Scotland
Died: October 5, 1855

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John Forrest
(Politician)

John Forrest
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Birthdate: August 22, 1847
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bunbury, Australia
Died: September 2, 1918

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William Wentworth
(Journalist)

William Wentworth
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Birthdate: August 13, 1790
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Norfolk Island, Australia
Died: March 20, 1872
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 8 
Hubert Wilkins
(Explorer)

Hubert Wilkins
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Birthdate: October 31, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mount Bryan, Australia
Died: November 30, 1958

Australian-born British explorer and ornithologist Hubert Wilkins is best remembered for pioneering the use of the submarine for polar exploration. While he initially studied photography and engineering, he later embarked on the world’s first transpolar airplane flight across the Arctic and the first over parts of Antarctica.

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Lawrence Hargrave
(Inventor & Explorer)

Lawrence Hargrave
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Birthdate: January 29, 1850
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Greenwich
Died: July 14, 1915
Australian aeronautical engineer Lawrence Hargrave is best remembered for inventing the box kite, or the cellular kite. He went on several expeditions at sea before devoting himself to aeronautics. His initial monoplane models were built after detailed research on the flight of insects and birds.

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Hamilton Hume
(Explorer)

Hamilton Hume
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Birthdate: June 19, 1797
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Seven Hills, Australia
Died: April 19, 1873

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Edgeworth David
(Geologist)

Edgeworth David
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Birthdate: January 28, 1858
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: near Cardiff or Saint Fagan’s rectory, Wales
Died: August 28, 1934

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Alf Howard
(Explorer, Scientist)

Alf Howard
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Birthdate: April 30, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Camberwell, Australia
Died: July 4, 2010

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Phillip Law
(Scientist)

Phillip Law
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Birthdate: April 21, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tallangatta, Australia
Died: February 28, 2010